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Then Why Aspire?! Posted on 04-26-2005
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Looking over this board and in converstions I've recently had with other aspirants this issue came to mind. As undergrads, we know exactly how challenging it can be simply to aspire to become a member of the organization. Just here on HBCU you see all the sterotypes and generalizations made by both sides of the field. Like it or not, it's something that aspirants have to deal with when or if they ever cross over. So Why do we still aspire to become apart of these organizations? Do you think comments made by greeks on this board are reflective of those on your campus? Given that, do you think it leads to more serioius aspirants(people who want to join for the 'right reasons'? What are the right reasons for wanting to join a Black Greek Letter Organization? be back later with my comments
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replied on 04-26-2005 12:56PM [Reply]
I think that you have to first know and understand the meaning of a particular organization. Understand why black greeks exist. If someone comes from a family of XYZ, then that is all they know to become by attending HBCU's or other institutions. But for the first generation folks it is about wanting to belong to an organization that is trying to make a difference in the community, and elsewhere. Some people want to belong for all the wrong reasons, and that becomes evident within the organization, and the chapters.
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replied on 04-26-2005 02:23PM [Reply]
It's funny. I am a first generation college student and my interest in ____ started wayy before I ever applied to college. Being curious and kinda neardy, I took pleasure in being able to just recite information. One day someone one my church choir came home rocking a XYZ tee shirt and I saw that she was getting love from alot of people. So I began to look into GLO's. I found all of those things interesting. Time passed and I began to look into sororities. As much history I could, I learned about those four organizations. But it was one organization that I found myself more able to relate with. Why do I aspire? I aspire to become a member because of the accomplishments, history and legacy of the org. The points of the org are areas where I feel I can contribute the most of myself for a lifetime. So with those things as a foundation, its hard for me to be discouraged by what I see on my campus. There's really a greater reason for me doing what I do. It says alot about your aspirations when another aspirant can see straight thru them. On my campus, greek life is starting to come alive again. You have monkey see, monkey do, 'because I look this way, I should do this, 'they dont do this, i don't want to do that' and lastly you have those who think they can be a walking advertistment for 'cool' with 3 letters. BGLO's are business'. Their service is service to their communities and their employee's are their members. People who research seem to be more serious than those just talking about joining for superficial reasons. In order to research the org your interested in, you have to know how they are different than the next. Along the way you also learn discretion and as you connect with members, you get a feel of this is really something you want to be committed to for the rest of your life.
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PrinceMannyX replied on 04-27-2005 12:22PM [Reply]
Beautifully Human wrote:
It's funny. I am a first generation college student and my interest in ____ started wayy before I ever applied to college. Being curious and kinda neardy, I took pleasure in being able to just recite information. One day someone one my church choir came home rocking a XYZ tee shirt and I saw that she was getting love from alot of people. So I began to look into GLO's. I found all of those things interesting. Time passed and I began to look into sororities. As much history I could, I learned about those four organizations. But it was one organization that I found myself more able to relate with. Why do I aspire? I aspire to become a member because of the accomplishments, history and legacy of the org. The points of the org are areas where I feel I can contribute the most of myself for a lifetime. So with those things as a foundation, its hard for me to be discouraged by what I see on my campus. There's really a greater reason for me doing what I do. It says alot about your aspirations when another aspirant can see straight thru them. On my campus, greek life is starting to come alive again. You have monkey see, monkey do, 'because I look this way, I should do this, 'they dont do this, i don't want to do that' and lastly you have those who think they can be a walking advertistment for 'cool' with 3 letters. BGLO's are business'. Their service is service to their communities and their employee's are their members. People who research seem to be more serious than those just talking about joining for superficial reasons. In order to research the org your interested in, you have to know how they are different than the next. Along the way you also learn discretion and as you connect with members, you get a feel of this is really something you want to be committed to for the rest of your life.
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replied on 04-27-2005 09:32PM [Reply]
what's_on_my_mind wrote:
I'm sorry if this come off wrong...I'm no greek but... If you aspire, I think you should just keep it to yourself and don't worry about why other people aspire to be whatever they think..... You should only concern yourself with your aspiration and f**k the others and there thoughts!
E.J.??!
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